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  • Update Facts on School Shootings

    Update Facts on School Shootings

     After the Oct. 24, 2014 Marysville WA School Shooting

    Herman Williams a Tulalip tribal executive, said in a TV statement “We must find out why this is happening and  a way to stop it.” (I can’t find his exact quote)

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    A Message From the Chairman

    Chairman Herman Williams, Sr. Responds to Tragedy at Marysville Pilchuck High School

    TULALIP, WA — October 24, 2014

    Our community is reeling from this experience, so we ask that the media and the public honor the families and our children in this time of grief.

    Sadly, we are now experiencing what has become A NATIONAL TREND, which we, as a society, must address. These are our children. They are suffering, and their lives will be forever changed.

    Chairman Herman Williams Sr., offered this statement:

    “Our priority is now on our children and young people. ”

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    The message from Chairman Herman Williams, Sr. really hit home with me.

    We share this priority on our children and young people and we share family members in the Marysville community. Twelve members of my family live, work and attend school in Marysville.

    I called Chairman Herman Williams on Tues. Nov. 4, 2014 at 10:45am and left a message for him, indeed “WE” must find out why this is happening and find a way to stop it!

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    Chairman Herman Williams, Sr.  returned my call on Dec. 3, 2014. It was not a long conversation.

    We  are both deeply concerned about the school shootings.

    Common sense dictates that new scientific based solutions to what has become A NATIONAL TREND,  must  be addressed

    Chairman Williams has meetings with influential people, he is in a position to uncover facts.  Those facts can be used to implement change.

    And,  Chairman Williams has the clout to demand those changes.

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    I did object to Marysville School District Superintendent Dr. Becky Berg recommendations.

    Censoring the board-approved core curriculum this year is not a solution, it is a problem.

    Kids need to talk about this.

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    I told Herman that I have researched the history, documented and posted many FACTUAL comments regarding the NATIONAL TREND  of school shootings.

    Including researching the Australian study of the Ritalin effect on Male, boys Puberty

    Case Report: Testicular failure possibly associated with …

    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/…/P… National Center for Biotechnology Information

    by R Ramasamy – ‎2014 Sep 2, 2014Methylphenidate is a commonly prescribed treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, little is known about its adverse effects on the male …. Studies conducted in adolescent boys showed delays in puberty 10. … in Australia from 2009–2012: Focus on children, adolescents and …

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    I suggested that Chairman Williams visit my website.

    It was a very meaningful conversation.

    I hope providing the posted research and scientific documentation on school shooting, will help bring significant change to the governments/educators perception of how to stop this national trend.  

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    See my next posting “Who cares about School Shootings?”

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    We may never know what caused this school shooting?

    But, we have to start someplace FACTS WORK FOR ME.

    SCHOOL SHOOTINGS BY NORMAL MALE, BOY’S  PUBERTY, TESTOSTERONE

    This would be the unmentioned un-drugged 10% of school shooters

     Has any Gov. Agencies investigation of school shootings ever included the testing of  individual shooters, male, boy students for ELEVATED TESTOSTERONE LEVELS?

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    SCHOOL SHOOTINGS BY DRUGGED MALE, BOY’S  ON RITALIN PUBERTY, TESTOSTERONE

    This would be the documented  drugged 90% of school shooters

    Some 90 percent of school shootings over more than a decade have been linked to a widely prescribed type of antidepressant called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs, according to British psychiatrist Dr. David Healy, a founder of RxISK.org, an independent website for researching and reporting on prescription drugs.

    Skip a pill go out and kill?

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    Below, United Nations released a report in February of 1996

    This would be the documented 10 percent to 12 percent of all male school (boys) children in the United States currently taking drugs.

    This would be the documentation  of the all male school (boys) children that consume over 90 percent of the 8.5 tons of methylphenidate produced worldwide each year

    The United Nations released a report in February of 1996 expressing concern over the discovery that 10 PERCENT TO 12 PERCENT OF ALL MALE SCHOOL (BOYS) CHILDREN IN THE UNITED STATES CURRENTLY TAKE THE DRUG, a rate far surpassing that in any other country in the world. Indeed, citizens of the United States, most of them well below the legal drinking or smoking age, now CONSUME OVER 90 PERCENT OF THE 8.5 TONS OF METHYLPHENIDATE PRODUCED WORLDWIDE EACH YEAR

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    In all of the research and documentation I have ever found  online..

    I have never found any mention of boys elevated puberty testosterone linked to school shootings

    I have never found any school shooting statistics, data or report, that links

    the normal male, boy testosterone timing factor, to timing of school shootings.

    So, I researched the elevated peak of testosterone at 8:00am for the 100% male, boy school shooters and linked the history and statistics on the morning school shootings by the 100% male, boy school shooters from 1960 to 2014. And I posted this on my website

    Behind My Back | Over 70 K-12 School Shootings?

    www.behindmyback.org/…/after-over-70-k-12-schoolshootings-in-ame…

    Nov 5, 2014 – After the Oct.24, 2014 Marysville WA School Shooting Herman … For more than a decade Some 90 PERCENT OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGS BY BOYS, have been linked to a … 100% of K-12 school shooters are going through puberty … THE HIGHEST SERUM TESTOSTERONE LEVEL OCCURS IN THE …

    The bottom line

    Why am I the only person that has researched and reported on this 8:00am highest testosterone level in male, boys,  timing and linked it to the morning timing of  school shootings?

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    But what we do know and what government agencies have know is this.

    Earlier, later PUBERTY MAY TRIGGER AGGRESSION IN BOYS, researchers find

    Date May 3, 2010 Source: Penn State

    Puberty that arrives earlier or later in adolescent boys relative to their peers CAN TRIGGER CHEMICALS that are related to antisocial behavior, ACCORDING TO RESEARCHERS, whose findings have key implications for parents with aggressive boys.

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    Conclusions: There is a link between T, DHT and EXTERNALIZING BEHAVIOR IN MALE ADOLESCENTS AT RISK FOR PSYCHOPATHOLOGY. Due to the findings of highest androgen levels in boys with persistent externalizing behavior, a role of androgens in the development of DISRUPTIVE or later antisocial disorders CAN BE HYPOTHESIZED.

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    This may appear to be redundant

    Hypothesize these scientific facts

    PUBERTY is a physical scientific fact

    TESTOSTERONE levels  are a physical testable scientific fact

    100% of all K-12 school shooters are boys, males.

    (Some 90 percent of school shootings by boys, have been linked  prescription drugs)

    100% of K-12 school shooters are going through puberty

    (unless they are on…  Ritalin delays puberty)

    100% of K-12 school shooters are producing  testosterone

    (unless they are on  Ritalin)

    The highest serum testosterone level occurs in the morning at around 8.00 a.m.

    The history of  school shootings starting and occurring in the morning.

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    October 24, 2014 – Marysville-Pilchuck High School 10:39 am – Marysville, Washington. Freshman Jaylen Fryberg 15,  shoots five people in the school cafeteria, killing one. A second victim dies of her injuries two days later; a third dies on October 31st. Fryberg dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Common sense dictates that a new scientific based solution to what has become A NATIONAL TREND,  must  be addressed.

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    Boy’s will be Boy’s

    Normal boy’s will produce testosterone going through puberty.

    Normal boy’s going through puberty may exhibit testosterone induced depression

    Normal boy’s going through puberty will exhibit testosterone induced antisocial behavior

    Normal boy’s going through puberty will exhibit testosterone induced aggressive behavior

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    GIVE THE BOYS SCIENTIFIC REASSURANCE

    Has any Gov. Agency, high school science or health class ever tested individual male, boy students for ELEVATED TESTOSTERONE LEVELS?

    Need A Testosterone Test?‎

    www.accesalabs.com/Testosterone

    Salivary tests of  testosterone, have become available to consumers over the Internet. 

    Testosterone Test Kits Explained – Healthline

    www.healthline.com › Healthline Networks

    Apr 22, 2014 – You may be tempted to test your testosterone levels using one of the home … All test your saliva rather than your blood, so that you can do …

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    How does  the high school curriculum discuss and educate boy’s on NORMAL PUBERTY behavior?

    GIVE THE BOYS SCIENTIFIC REASSURANCE

     TESTOSTERONE may screw up your thinking and behavior, THAT’S NORMAL

    YOU ARE JUST GOING THROUGH  NORMAL PUBERTY

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    Why has the government NEVER researched, connected, investigated, reported or even considered the physical facts of male, boy school shootings?

    Why have all school shooting been chalked up as some type of mental disorder?

    Has the government used the innocent victims of school shootings as “poster kids” to promote and pass federal regulations on gun control?

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     In all of the research and documentation I have ever found  online..

    I have never found any mention of boys elevated puberty testosterone linked to school shootings

     I have never found any school shooting statistics, data or report, that links

    the normal male, boy testosterone timing factor, to timing of school shootings.

    I researched the elevated peak of testosterone at 8:00am for the 100% male, boy school shooters and linked the history and statistics on the morning school shootings by the 100% male, boy school shooters from 1960 to 2014. And I posted this on my website

     

    The bottom line

    Why am I the only person that has researched and reported on this 8:00am peak testosterone level in male, boys and linked it to the morning timing of  school shootings?

     


  • Over 70 K-12 School Shootings?

    After over 70 K-12 School Shootings in America?

     After the Oct.24, 2014 Marysville WA School Shooting

    Herman Williams a Tulalip tribal executive, said “We must find out why this is happening and  a way to stop it.” (I can’t find his exact quote)

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    TODAY,  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2014 IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS

    THEY ARE DOING SOMETHING……

    THE FEDERAL EXPERTS TRAINING  PLAN  TO PREVENT SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

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    K-12 SCHOOL THREAT ASSESSMENT & THREAT MANAGEMENT

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    TODAY,  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2014

    WHAT IS THE PLAN IN WASHINGTON STATE?

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    BEHAVIOR THREAT ASSESSMENT SUMMIT – STATE OF ILLINOIS

    www.state.il.us/iema/training/behaviorsummit

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 8:00am-5:00pm. Registration will be …. School (K12) and Campus Behavioral Threat Assessment Training. 9:00a – 12:00p.

    K-12 SCHOOL THREAT ASSESSMENT & THREAT MANAGEMENT:

    SINCE 2000, FEDERAL AGENCIES including

    1. THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION,

    2. U.S. SECRET SERVICE, and

    3. FBI HAVE RECOMMENDED

     THAT K-12 SCHOOLS DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT BEHAVIORAL THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAMS TO PREVENT SCHOOL SHOOTINGS AND OTHER SCHOOL VIOLENCE.

    This course provides instruction in school threat assessment best practices, guidance in developing and operating an effective school threat assessment team,

    strategies to allow information sharing, and hands-on experience

    4. using the recommended U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION /  U.S. SECRET SERVICE threat assessment procedures in several tabletop exercises.

    5. This course will be instructed by Marisa Randazzo, Ph.D., former chief research PSYCHOLOGIST,

     U.S. SECRET SERVICE.

    http://www.state.il.us/iema/training/behaviorsummit/

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    WHY QUESTION THIS FEDERAL RESEARCH PSYCHOLOGIST BEHAVIORAL THREAT ASSESSMENT?

    For more than a decade Some 90 PERCENT OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGS BY BOYS, have been linked to a widely prescribed type of antidepressant called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

     There is no BLOOD TEST, NO single medical, physical, or other test for diagnosing ADD/ADHD.

    Drugging American MALE, BOYS WITH High doses of the drug methylphenidate(Ritalin) HAS NOT PROVIDED ANY SOLUTIONS to school shootings.

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    TIME FOR A NEW PLAN?

    GETTING PHYSICAL WITH SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

    PUBERTY IS A PHYSICAL FACT

    TESTOSTERONE LEVELS  ARE A PHYSICAL FACT

    100% of all K-12 school shooters are boys, males.

    100% of K-12 school shooters are going through puberty

    100% of K-12 school shooters are producing  testosterone

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    MALE Puberty, Testosterone

    Earlier, later PUBERTY MAY TRIGGER AGGRESSION IN BOYS, researchers find

    Date May 3, 2010 Source: Penn State

    Puberty that arrives earlier or later in adolescent boys relative to their peers CAN TRIGGER CHEMICALS that are related to antisocial behavior, ACCORDING TO RESEARCHERS, whose findings have key implications for parents with aggressive boys.

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    Conclusions: There is a link between T, DHT and EXTERNALIZING BEHAVIOR IN MALE ADOLESCENTS AT RISK FOR PSYCHOPATHOLOGY. Due to the findings of highest androgen levels in boys with persistent externalizing behavior, a role of androgens in the development of DISRUPTIVE or later antisocial disorders CAN BE HYPOTHESIZED.

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    THE HIGHEST SERUM TESTOSTERONE LEVEL OCCURS IN THE MORNING AT AROUND 8.00 A.M.

    MOST SCHOOL SHOOTINGS OCCUR IN THE MORNING.

    HYPOTHESIZE THIS

    to be continued…

     

     


  • The Amazing Terrible? Twos?

    The Amazing Terrible? Twos?

    Of course we are talking about…. The age of tiny children going through a NORMAL stage of development.

    Indeed, they are amazing, bright eyed, walking, talking, upstanding, TINY INDEPENDENT AMERICAN CITIZENS, expressing their rights, to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    Using their own Constitutional right to freedom of expression and  demanding redress of their grievances.

    Even if their “Grievance to Redress” is simply,  demanding their right, to wear a different dress,

     YES INDEED, they are in pursuit of their happiness.

     THESE, OUR CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE OF AMERICA

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    I’m just an American Grandmother…

    I’ve been there and done that “Terrible Twos Thing” with three kids, 10 grand kids, 6 great grand kids.

    They are so “NORMAL” so predictable, so funny, many times laughable, even delightful, those unbelievable brilliant, manipulative, “NOT AT ALL” terrible, “JUST NORMAL” two year olds.

    Yes, they do have BEHAVIORAL problems. Yes, they are frustrating. Yes, they are hard to cope with.

    BUT… behavior, acceptable behavior is a LEARNED thing.

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    Do you have a TERRIBLE OR TERRIFIC 1, 2, 3, or 4-year-old?

    Don’t know? Scroll down and take the quiz at the bottom

    bottom line on the quiz?

    Twenty percent of babies are born with a high-need temperament, which can last years. A SPIRITED KID IS EXHAUSTING, BUT HE IS NOT “BAD” AND, WITH YOUR LOVE, WILL GROW UP HAPPY AND WELL-ADJUSTED.

    read more at: http://www.cnn.com/2011/08/25/living/terrible-twos-myth-parenting/

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    Has your family been blessed with an amazing  precious two year old?

    Has your  precious two year old been blessed with you?

    Unfortunately, many NORMAL amazing terrific terrible acting two year olds are not blessed with you, their loving, patient, forgiving  PARENTS, or anyone else caring for them.

    The problem is the reactive, not proactive effect that, that NORMAL two year old  behavior HAS on parents, teachers, daycare providers, AKA the grownups?

    Where is your teenager tonight? (a warning)

    Where is your terrible two year old today? (a warning)

    Single Mom goes to work? Mom and Dad go to work?

    Where does your precious  two year old go?

    Christian Daycare?  Just daycare?  Pre-school? Head Start?

    Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of CHILDREN AGES BIRTH TO 5 FROM LOW-INCOME FAMILIES by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.

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    Where is your NORMAL terrible two year old today? (a warning)

    Drugging Toddlers for A.D.H.D. On May 16, 2014 the New York Times ran an article titled Thousands of Toddlers Are Medicated for A.D.H.D., …

    “The report, which found that TODDLERS COVERED BY MEDICAID ARE PARTICULARLY PRONE TO BE PUT ON MEDICATION SUCH AS RITALIN AND ADDERALL, is among the first efforts to gauge the diagnosis of A.D.H.D. in children below age 4. Doctors at the Georgia Mental Health Forum at the Carter Center in Atlanta, where the data was presented, as well as several outside experts strongly criticized the use of medication in so many children that young.”

    FEEDING CHILDREN PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR INSTILLING AGE-APPROPRIATE HABITS OF DISCIPLINE, SELF-CONTROL, AND INTERPERSONAL RESPECT IS A TRAGEDY BEYOND DESCRIPTION.

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    NORMAL… NORMAL…..NORMAL….

    Terrible Twos and Your Toddler

    By Vincent  Iannelli M.D. Updated May 21, 2014

    To help you cope WITH THIS NORMAL STAGE IN YOUR CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT, you should always remember that your child isn’t trying to be defiant or rebellious on purpose. HE IS JUST TRYING TO EXPRESS HIS GROWING INDEPENDENCE and doesn’t have the language skills to easily express his needs. This can also be the reason why your toddler frequently gets frustrated and resorts to hitting, biting, and temper tantrums when he doesn’t get his way.

    BY LEARNING MORE ABOUT THIS NORMAL STAGE IN YOUR CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT, it can make it easier to get through it and make sure that YOU aren’t contributing to more battles than are necessary.

    http://pediatrics.about.com/od/toddlers/a/05_terrble_twos.htm

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    NORMAL… NORMAL…..NORMAL….

    Why are 2-year-olds so difficult?

    Answers from Jay L. Hoecker, M.D.

    THE TERRIBLE TWOS ARE A NORMAL STAGE IN A TODDLER’S DEVELOPMENT characterized by mood changes, temper tantrums and use of the word “no.” The terrible twos typically occur when toddlers begin to struggle between their reliance on adults AND THEIR DESIRE FOR INDEPENDENCE. One minute a child might be clinging to mom or dad, and the next he or she is running in the opposite direction.

    While THE TERRIBLE TWOS CAN BE DIFFICULT FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS TO NAVIGATE, keep in mind that 2-year-olds are undergoing major motor, intellectual, social and emotional changes. Their vocabularies are growing, they’re eager to do things on their own, and they’re beginning to discover that THEY’RE EXPECTED TO FOLLOW CERTAIN RULES. However, most 2-year-olds still aren’t able to move as swiftly as they’d like, clearly communicate their needs or control their feelings. This can lead to frustration and misbehavior — in other words, the terrible twos.

    If your child is in the midst of the terrible twos, expect that YOU’LL OCCASIONALLY LOSE PATIENCE with each other. Try to stay calm,

    By accepting the changes your child is going through and SHOWING HIM OR HER LOVE AND RESPECT, you’ll help your child make it through this difficult stage with confidence.

    read more at:http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/infant-and-toddler-health/expert-answers/terrible-twos/faq-20058314

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    Do you have a TERRIBLE OR TERRIFIC 1, 2, 3, or 4-year-old?

    scroll down and take the quiz below

    (3) bottom line answers.

    Twenty percent of babies are born with a high-need temperament, which can last years. A SPIRITED KID IS EXHAUSTING, BUT HE IS NOT “BAD” AND, WITH YOUR LOVE, WILL GROW UP HAPPY AND WELL-ADJUSTED.

    Your child is typical, with good and bad days. That’s to be expected from a “preoperational thinker” (illogical and unable to consider other points of view), which is what all kids are until about age 6.

    We don’t believe you. But if you’re telling the truth, consider yourself very lucky. That kid is a dream.

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    NOW….. Take the quiz!

    Do you have a TERRIBLE OR TERRIFIC 1, 2, 3, or 4-year-old?

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    AGE 1

    Your 18-month-old fights like mad against being strapped into his car seat. You finally click the buckle. He…

    A Wails for the whole 20-minute ride to the store and bites you when you take him out.

    B Cries for five minutes and then falls asleep.

    C Is quickly distracted by the sippy cup you offer.

    Every morning when you leave for work, he…

    A Clings to you for the entire 30 minutes before you go, as you apply mascara, choose earrings, and eat breakfast. If you attempt to put him down or hand him off for a second, he lets the entire neighborhood know that hell hath no fury like a baby scorned.

    B Sobs as you say goodbye and bangs against the door for a few minutes after you’ve gone.

    C Objects just enough for you to feel loved.

    It’s time for her afternoon nap. She…

    A Hides under the couch where you can’t reach her and shrieks amid the dust bunnies.

    B Allows you to put her in the crib, but rattles the railings and cries for 20 minutes.

    C Falls asleep if you stroke her cheek for a minute.

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    AGE 2

    In the car, your son drops his favorite book in that spot where neither of you can reach it. He…

    A Screams bloody murder until you pull over and get him the $#&!ing book.

    B Cries for a while but settles down when you hand him a small bag of Cheerios.

    C Says “Oopsie!” and gazes out the window.

    Your daughter can’t get the shirt off her doll. She becomes frustrated, but when you offer to help with the undressing, she…

    A Yells “No!” and whips the doll at you before breaking down in tears.

    B Throws the doll on the floor and gives up.

    C Sits quietly and watches how you do it.

    At a playdate, your boy’s friend snatches something he was playing with. He…

    A Throws himself on top of his friend and wrests the toy out of his hands, twisting his pal’s arm in the process. In front of his mother, no less.

    B Whimpers a bit, then engages in a brief tug-of-war with his playmate.

    C Looks annoyed but quickly finds another toy.

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    AGE 3

    Walking out of the mall, she asks to be carried. You’re pushing her baby sister in a stroller. When you refuse, she…

    A Throws herself down in the middle of the parking lot, forcing you to break out some heavy-duty threats (no Disney World, ever!) or bribes (a lollipop! Five lollipops!).

    B Moves as slowly as an inchworm, stretching out the trek to the car to an agonizing 20 minutes.

    C Scowls briefly.

    Your son finishes his ice cream and asks for more. You say no, and he…

    A Tantrums so hard that he throws up.

    B Repeats “But why?” in Most Annoying Voice Ever for five minutes before giving up.

    C Says “I really like ice cream a lot.”

    You give your girl a pink cup instead of red. She…

    A Spills the contents of the offensive cup on your shoes and squawks “Wrong, Daddy!”

    B Whimpers until you make the switch.

    C Pouts cutely when you say the red cup is dirty.

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    AGE 4

    Your daughter notices that you have given an eighth of an inch more juice to her brother. She…

    A Spills both glasses out of spite.

    B Surreptitiously switches the glasses.

    C Asks for a little more juice, please.

    When it’s time to leave the playground, she…

    A Screams “No way, lady!” then keeps playing.

    B Hard-bargains 15 more minutes out of you, but then leaves calmly.

    C Nods in agreement and begins searching the grounds for her lost hair clip.

    Your son is playing superheroes. When his friend tells him he can’t be Iron Man because he’s not strong enough, your son…

    A Demonstrates his strength by punching him.

    B Tells him he doesn’t want to play anymore and hops on your lap for a cuddle.

    C Ignores the unkind remark and keeps on playing.

    How did your kid score?

    Two or more C’s We don’t believe you. But if you’re telling the truth, consider yourself very lucky. That kid is a dream.

    Two or more B’s Your child is typical, with good and bad days. That’s to be expected from a “preoperational thinker” (illogical and unable to consider other points of view), which is what all kids are until about age 6.

    Two or more A’s Twenty percent of babies are born with a high-need temperament, which can last years. A SPIRITED KID IS EXHAUSTING, BUT HE IS NOT “BAD” AND, WITH YOUR LOVE, WILL GROW UP HAPPY AND WELL-ADJUSTED.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/08/25/living/terrible-twos-myth-parenting/

     


  • Drugging Toddlers for A.D.H.D.

    Drugging Toddlers for A.D.H.D.

    On May 16, 2014 the New York Times ran an article titled Thousands of Toddlers Are Medicated for A.D.H.D., Report Finds, Raising Worries

    Drugging Toddlers for Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity

    “More than 10,000 American toddlers 2 or 3 years old are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder outside established pediatric guidelines, according to data presented on Friday by an official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

    The CDC official is Susanna Visser, MS, DrPh, Acting Associate Director of Science for the Division of Human Development and Disability, and she was speaking at the annual Rosalyn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum.

    Bottom line

    Psychiatry’s primary agenda for the past fifty years has been the expansion of its “diagnostic” net, and the prescribing of more and more pills to more and more people.  Psychiatry promises joy, happiness, and a trouble-free life from a pill bottle, and tragically our society and our political leadership have bought it.  Today, no group is safe from psychiatry’s depredations.  Their net embraces people of all ages, all walks of life, and all circumstances.  There is truly no human problem that cannot be “diagnosed” as a “mental illness,” and for which psychiatry doesn’t have a pill.

    Ten thousand American toddlers taking stimulants for ADHD is just business as usual.  By all means, let us speak out against this psychiatric assault on our toddlers, but let’s not lose sight of the greater tragedy – that this kind of approach has become the norm.  Feeding children psychoactive drugs as a substitute for instilling age-appropriate habits of discipline, self-control, and interpersonal respect is a tragedy beyond description.  If street-dealers were promoting their products to toddlers and their parents in this way, there would be outrage – and rightly so.  But psychiatrists, dressed in nice suits, and with their image polished by an international PR firm, are accepted.
    As a society, as a culture, we have truly lost our way.

    read more at http://www.madinamerica.com/2014/05/drugging-toddlers-inattention-impulsivity-hyperactivity/

    May 22, 2014

    On May 16, the New York Times ran an article titled Thousands of Toddlers Are Medicated for A.D.H.D., Report Finds, Raising Worries, by Alan Schwarz.  Here is the opening sentence:

    “More than 10,000 American toddlers 2 or 3 years old are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder outside established pediatric guidelines, according to data presented on Friday by an official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

    The CDC official is Susanna Visser, MS, DrPh, Acting Associate Director of Science for the Division of Human Development and Disability, and she was speaking at the annual Rosalyn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum.  I have not been able to find the text of Ms. Visser’s speech.  (It will probably be published later.)  Meanwhile, there is a good deal of information in Alan Schwarz’s article.  Here are some more quotes:

    “The report, which found that toddlers covered by Medicaid are particularly prone to be put on medication such as Ritalin and Adderall, is among the first efforts to gauge the diagnosis of A.D.H.D. in children below age 4. Doctors at the Georgia Mental Health Forum at the Carter Center in Atlanta, where the data was presented, as well as several outside experts strongly criticized the use of medication in so many children that young.”

    “The American Academy of Pediatrics standard practice guidelines for A.D.H.D. do not even address the diagnosis in children 3 and younger — let alone the use of such stimulant medications, because their safety and effectiveness have barely been explored in that age group. ‘It’s absolutely shocking, and it shouldn’t be happening,’ said Anita Zervigon-Hakes, a children’s mental health consultant to the Carter Center. ‘People are just feeling around in the dark. We obviously don’t have our act together for little children.’”

    “Dr. Lawrence H. Diller, a behavioral pediatrician in Walnut Creek, Calif., said in a telephone interview: ‘People prescribing to 2-year-olds are just winging it. It is outside the standard of care, and they should be subject to malpractice if something goes wrong with a kid.’”

    “Dr. Visser said that effective nonpharmacological treatments, such as teaching parents and day care workers to provide more structured environments for such children, were often ignored. ‘Families of toddlers with behavioral problems are coming to the doctor’s office for help, and the help they’re getting too often is a prescription for a Class II controlled substance, which has not been established as safe for that young of a child.

    read more at http://www.madinamerica.com/2014/05/drugging-toddlers-inattention-impulsivity-hyperactivity/

     

     


  • Did Tom Sawyer Have ADHD?

    Did  Tom  Sawyer Have ADHD?

    THE ADHD-VENTURES OF TOM SAWYER  Having escaped from Aunt Polly, Tom Sawyer is “playing hooky” … HE CLEARLY HAS ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDERADHD

    IN PREVIOUS ERAS, SUCH BEHAVIOR WAS JUST AS PROBLEMATIC FOR ADULTS AS IT IS TODAY. Poor old Aunt Polly—how many times does she “fall to crying and wringing her hands”? In order to cope with Tom, she seeks names for his disorder—he is “full of the Old Scratch,” meaning the devil—and searches for ways to control him (“Spare the rod and spile the child,” she tells herself).

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    THE ADHD-VENTURES OF TOM SAWYER By Anne Applebaum   As a mother of boys, The strange comforts of reading Mark Twain? Twain draws such fascinating portraits of children whose behavior is familiar,  I find this weirdly reassuring…

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    As the grandmother of (8) grandsons, Twain draws such fascinating portraits of children whose behavior is very familiar. Indeed, even in 2014  one can be comforted and reassured

    When In fact…..

    Tom Sawyer turns out fine in the end. In 19th-century Missouri, there were still many opportunities for impulsive kids who were bored and fidgety in school. The very qualities that made him so tiresome—curiosity, hyperactivity, recklessness—are precisely the ones that get him the girl, win him the treasure, and make him a hero. Even Huck Finn is all right at the end of his story.

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    THE ADHD-VENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (full text)

    The strange comforts of reading Mark Twain in the age of oppositional defiant disorder.

    By Anne Applebaum

    Everyone remembers the whitewashing scene in THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER but how many recall the scene that precedes it? Having escaped from Aunt Polly, Tom Sawyer is “playing hooky” and teaching himself to whistle, when he suddenly spies a “newcomer” in his village—a newcomer with “a citified air.” Their conversation unfolds like this:”I can lick you!””I’d like to see you try it.””Well, I can do it.””No you can’t, either.”After that, the encounter deteriorates further (“Can!” “Can’t!”) until finally the two boys are wrestling in the dirt. Tom wins the battle—the citified newcomer is made to shout “Nuff!”—but returns home late and is thus commanded to whitewash the famous fence.Following this incident, the reader’s sympathies are meant to lie with Tom. But try, if you can, to strip away the haze of nostalgia and sentiment through which we generally regard Mark Twain’s world, and imagine how a boy like Tom Sawyer would be regarded today. As far as I can tell, that fight is not just “inappropriate behavior,” to use current playground terminology, it is also one of many symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder—ODD—a condition that Tom manifests throughout the book
    AND TOM IS NOT MERELY ODD. HE CLEARLY HAS ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER—ADHD—AS WELL, JUDGING BY HIS INABILITY TO CONCENTRATE IN SCHOOL. “The harder Tom tried to fasten his mind on his book, the more his mind wandered,” Twain writes at one point. Unable to focus (“Tom’s heart ached to be free”), he starts playing with a tick. This behavior is part of a regular pattern: A few days earlier in church (where he had to sit “as far away from the open window and the seductive outside summer scenes as possible”), Tom had been unable to pay attention to the sermon and played with a pinch bug instead.In fact, Tom manifests many disturbing behaviors. He blames his half-brother for his poor decisions, thus demonstrating an inability to take responsibility for his actions. He provokes his peers, often using aggression. He deliberately ignores rules and demonstrates defiance toward adults. He is frequently dishonest, at one point even pretending to be dead.WORST OF ALL, HE SKIPS SCHOOL—A BEHAVIOR THAT MIGHT, IN TIME, LEAD HIM TO BE DIAGNOSED WITH CONDUCT DISORDER, FROM WHICH HIS FRIEND HUCK FINN CLEARLY SUFFERS. I am not being sarcastic here—or at least not entirely. In fact, I’ve reread both TOM SAWYER AND THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN several times in recent years, precisely because Twain draws such fascinating portraits of children whose behavior is familiar, even if we now describe it differently. As a mother of boys, I find this weirdly reassuring: Although ADHD and ODD are often dismissed as recently “invented” disorders, they describe personality types and traits that have always existed. A certain kind of boy has always had trouble paying attention in school. A certain kind of boy has always picked fights with friends, gone smoking in the woods, and floated down the river on rafts.In previous eras, such behavior was just as problematic for adults as it is today. Poor old Aunt Polly—how many times does she “fall to crying and wringing her hands”? In order to cope with Tom, she seeks names for his disorder—he is “full of the Old Scratch,” meaning the devil—and searches for ways to control him (“Spare the rod and spile the child,” she tells herself).

    But if the children and the parents are familiar, the society surrounding them is not. In fact, Tom Sawyer turns out fine in the end. In 19th-century Missouri, there were still many opportunities for impulsive kids who were bored and fidgety in school. The very qualities that made him so tiresome—curiosity, hyperactivity, recklessness—are precisely the ones that get him the girl, win him the treasure, and make him a hero. Even Huck Finn is all right at the end of his story. Although he never learns to tolerate “sivilization,” he knows he can head out to “Indian territory,” to the empty West where even the loose rules of Missouri life won’t have to be followed.

    Nothing like that is available to children who don’t fit in today. Instead of striking out into the wilderness like Huck Finn, they get sent to psychologists and prescribed medication—if they are lucky enough to have parents who can afford that sort of thing. Every effort will be made to help them pay attention, listen to the teacher, stop picking fights in the playground, and rightly so. Nowadays, there aren’t any other options.

    www.slate.com/articles/…/the_adhdventures_of_tom_sawyer.html
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    INDEED, THERE ARE OTHER OPTIONS

    GETTING PHYSICAL WITH ADHD

    Exercise is the quickest way to a healthy physical glow and a stress free positive mental … Endorphins: These are often classified to be the happy hormones.

    PLENTY OF KIDS  DON’T GET ENOUGH EXERCISE “

    WHEN IS THE “PHYSICAL PART OF EDUCATION” GOING TO CONNECT THE NATURAL PRODUCTION OF ENDORPHINS https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=PHYSICAL+EXCERSISE+AND+ENDORPHINS

    Exercise is the quickest way to a healthy physical glow and a stress free positive mental … Endorphins: These are often classified to be the happy hormones.

    Mayo Clinic Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily … Physical activity helps to bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good …

    Learn more from WebMD about the benefits of daily exercise on depression and how to … When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins.

    Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers—and also improve the ability to sleep, which in …

    Exercise stimulates the brain’s pituitary gland to release endorphins, … harder-to-acquire physical and disease-fighting benefits of exercise.

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    “PLENTY OF KIDS GET BORED WITH SCHOOL AND  HOME WORK”

    PLENTY OF KIDS  DON’T GET ENOUGH EXERCISE “

    “He seems like he’s always daydreaming?”

    “He stares into space, as if dreaming, and ignores what’s going on around him?”

    “He never answers when I talk to him?”

    “I wonder if he hears me?”

    “He won’t pay attention even when being spoken to directly?”

    “He says that he  heard me, but when I ask him to repeat back what I just said,

    He has no idea what it was?”

    “Why can’t he ever settle down?”

    “It’s like the kid’s got a motor that’s always running?”

    “He’s always been a handful?”

    “I’ll ask him to go up to his room and get dressed, and ten minutes later I find him playing with his toys with only his shirt on?”

    “He can’t remember what he learns because he misses instructions and explanations in school?”

    “Even though we work so hard on his schoolwork at night, by the next day he’s forgotten everything?”

    “He loses everything?”

    “He just gets up and runs around or,when I force him to sit, he constantly fidgets or squirms in his chair?”

    “He show interest in lots of different thing but has a problems seeing them through to the end?”

    Did Tom or  Huck  have the same behaviors on a daily basis? and for extended periods?

    “He has  trouble following instructions?”

    “He start  a project, chore, or homework but leave it unfinished as they simply move on to the next thing that catches his interest?”

    Did Tom or  Huck  have the same behaviors on a daily basis? and for extended periods?

     

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    AND? DID HUCKLEBERRY FINN HAVE ADHD?

    Treating Huckleberry Finn: A New Narrative Approach to Working With Kids Diagnosed ADD/ADHD

    http://www.amazon.com/Treating-Huckleberry-Finn-Narrative-Diagnosed/dp/0787961205

    This review is from: Treating Huckleberry Finn: A New Narrative Approach to Working With Kids Diagnosed ADD/ADHD

    A Parent’s Perspective, October 11, 2000

    I have just read Treating Huckleberry Finn and want to share with other parents that David Nylund has provided help in clarifying the issues regarding the diagnosis and pressures to medicate. Parents have too few resources to help them make these often times life changing decisions. David provides clear, creative as well as practical suggestions for helping children use their strengths to tackle the problems of ADHD–

    This book respects the various perspectives on the ADD/Ritalin debate. It critiques the biological reductionism of the traditional ADHD paradigm and views the problem from a more wholistic and contextual perspective. While astutely criticizing some of the taken for granted assumptions of the ADHD/Ritalin model, it respectfully acknowledges that many people experience the ADHD diagnosis as helpful and find taking Ritalin beneficial. The meat of the book gives very creative, hopeful and practical suggestions for working with problems such as hyperactivity, inattention, problems with behavior, etc. The chapter for teachers is very valuable. Highly recommended for parents, counselors, therapists and teachers! THE ANALOGY OF HUCK FINN BEING ALIVE TODAY AND ON RITALIN MAKES IT A FUN READ ALSO

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  • Boys, and the Pills That Kill

    Boys, and the Pills That Kill

    What do we know about school shooters? Other than they are exclusively male (boys).

    IN 1996 , 10 percent to 12 percent of all MALE school (BOYS) in the United States were currently taking the drug.

    American Education Riddled with Ritalin

     June 1st, 1993 THE ANALYSIS OF THE LEGAL ISSUES SURROUNDING THE FORCED USE OF RITALIN

    Some 90 percent of school shootings over more than a decade have been linked to a widely prescribed type of antidepressant called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs, according to British psychiatrist Dr. David Healy, a founder of RxISK.org, an independent website for researching and reporting on prescription drugs.

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    WHAT IS A BOY?

    by Alan Beck (full text below)

    Between the innocence of babyhood and the dignity of manhood we find a delightful creature called a boy.  Boys come in assorted sizes, weights, and colors, but all boys have the same creed: to enjoy every second of every minute of every hour of every day……

    http://www.appleseeds.org/A-Boy.htm

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    Scroll down and read the full text of  WHAT IS A BOY?

     Then… go back to the top of this comment on, Boys, and the Pills That Kill

    and read this complete  investigative document.

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     I am a concerned American mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and great aunt.

     I am frightened for the future of our American school children, whether those children be the innocent victim of the forced use of behavioral drugs or the innocent victims of  violent school shootings.

    It is time for CONGRESS  to STOP promoting an American Educational System that is Riddled with Ritalin.

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    The United Nations released a report in February of 1996 expressing concern over the discovery that 10 percent to 12 percent of all MALE school (BOYS) children in the United States currently take the drug, a rate far surpassing that in any other country in the world. Indeed, citizens of the United States, most of them well below the legal drinking or smoking age, now consume over 90 percent of the 8.5 tons of methylphenidate produced worldwide each year.

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    What do we know about BOYS?

    Boy’s Will Be Boy’s   In English it was first recorded in 1589.

    This term came from a Latin proverb, translated as “Children [boys] are children [boys] and do childish things.” In English it was first recorded in 1589.

    Boy’s Will Be Boy’s    THEY ALWAYS HAVE BEEN AND THEY ALWAYS WILL BE

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    WHY? Is the first suggestion that a child might have ADHD usually made by a teacher?

    TEACHERS THAT ARE TOO BUSY TO DEAL WITH LITTLE BOYS BEHAVIOR?

    WHY? is it necessary  for the ADHD diagnosis and methylphenidate  drugs to be prescribed to  BOYS  beginning as early as age three or four.

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    When you are busy, a boy is an inconsiderate, bothersome, intruding jangle of noise. When you want him to make a good impression, his brain turns to jelly or else he becomes a savage, sadistic, jungle creature bent on destroying the world and himself with it.

    Boys are found everywhere—on top of, underneath, inside of, climbing on, swinging from, running around, or jumping to.

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    THE FIRST SUGGESTION THAT A (BOY) CHILD MIGHT HAVE ADHD IS USUALLY MADE BY A TEACHER,

    THE PRECIPITATING EVENTS ALMOST ALWAYS TAKE PLACE AT SCHOOL

    WHY? is it necessary  for the ADHD diagnosis and methylphenidate  drugs to be prescribed to  BOYS  beginning as early as age three or four.

    Because?   TOO BUSY TEACHERS CANNOT  MAINTAIN  CONTROL  their classrooms without drugging even American PRE- School BOY Children.

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    OFTEN during a parent-teacher conference, and not by a parent. THE TEACHER already may have asked the school psychologist to observe the child and filled out one of THE TEACHER rating forms for assessing attention and impulsivity. THE TEACHER may then suggest an evaluation by the family’s pediatrician or some other specialist.

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    Once this formal evaluation begins, as we have seen, the process can move with great rapidity.

    A FEW MINUTES WITH THE CHILD?

    SOME DISCUSSION WITH A CONCERNED PARENT?

     AND PERHAPS A LOOK AT THE TEACHER’S RATING FORMS?

     AND A REPORT FROM THE SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST?

     AND THE DOCTOR MAKES A DIAGNOSIS OF ADHD?

     MEDICATION IS PRESCRIBED, most often Ritalin initially, and the child officially joins the ranks of the attentionally impaired.

    in 1996 , 10 percent to 12 percent of all MALE school (BOYS) children in the United States  were taking methylphenidates

    It’s time we asked ourselves whether the fact that so many children can’t behave well and learn well in our schools is a reflection on the schools and THE TOO BUSY TEACHERS, not the children.

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    WHAT IS A BOY?

    Between the innocence of babyhood and the dignity of manhood we find a delightful creature called a boy. Boys come in assorted sizes, weights, and colors, but all boys have the same creed: to enjoy every second of every minute of every hour of every day and to protest with noise (their only weapon) when their last minute is finished and the adult males pack them off to bed at night.

    Boys are found everywhere—on top of, underneath, inside of, climbing on, swinging from, running around, or jumping to.

    Mothers love them, little girls hate them, older sisters and brothers tolerate them, adults ignore them, and Heaven protects them.

    A boy is Truth with dirt on its face, Beauty with a cut on its finger, Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair, and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket. When you are busy, a boy is an inconsiderate, bothersome, intruding jangle of noise. When you want him to make a good impression, his brain turns to jelly or else he becomes a savage, sadistic, jungle creature bent on destroying the world and himself with it.

    A boy is a composite—he has the appetite of a horse, the digestion of a sword-swallower, the energy of a pocket-sized atomic bomb, the curiosity of a cat, the lungs of a dictator, the imagination of a Paul Bunyan, the shyness of a violet, the audacity of a steel trap, the enthusiasm of a firecracker, and when he makes something, he has five thumbs on each hand. He likes ice cream, knives, saws, Christmas, comic books, the boy across the street, woods, water (in its natural habitat), large animals, Dad, trains, Saturday mornings, and fire engines.

    He is not much for Sunday School, company, schools, books without pictures, music lessons, neckties, barbers, girls, overcoats, adults, or bedtime. Nobody else is so early to rise, or so late to supper. Nobody else gets so much fun out of trees, dogs, and breezes. Nobody else can cram into one pocket a rusty knife, a half-eaten apple, three feet of string, an empty Bull Durham sack, two gum drops, six cents, a slingshot, a chunk of unknown substance, and a genuine supersonic code ring with a secret compartment.

    A boy is a magical creature—you can lock him out of your workshop, but you can’t lock him out of your heart. You can get him out of your study, but you can’t get him out of your mind. Might as well give up—he is your captor, your jailer, your boss, and your master—a freckled-faced, pint-sized, cat-chasing, bundle of noise. But when you come home at night with only shattered pieces of your hopes and dreams, he can mend them like new with two magic words, “Hi Dad!”

    http://www.appleseeds.org/A-Boy.htm

    by Alan Beck

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    TEACHERS THAT ARE TOO BUSY TO TEACH AND DEAL WITH EVEN THE BEHAVIOR OF AMERICAN PRE- SCHOOL BOYS?

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    THE PRECIPITATING EVENTS ALMOST ALWAYS TAKE PLACE AT SCHOOL.

    It is no accident that the disorder was long considered to be a problem that did not arise until about the age of five. The growth in the number of children attending nursery schools, beginning at age three or four, probably then accounts for the recent rise in diagnoses of the disorder at these younger ages.

    THE FIRST SUGGESTION THAT A CHILD MIGHT HAVE ADHD IS USUALLY MADE BY A TEACHER,

    TOO often during a parent-teacher conference, and not by a parent. THE TEACHER already may have asked the school psychologist to observe the child and filled out one of THE TEACHER rating forms for assessing attention and impulsivity. THE TEACHER may then suggest an evaluation by the family’s pediatrician or some other specialist.

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    Indeed, let us REVIEW THIS RAPID PROCESS INITIATED BY SCHOOL TEACHERS?

    Once this formal evaluation begins, as we have seen, the process can move with great rapidity.

    A FEW MINUTES WITH THE CHILD?

    SOME DISCUSSION WITH A CONCERNED PARENT?

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    SOME? DISCUSSION WITH A CONCERNED PARENT?

     Was the parent CONCERNED about their child before? or after?

     THE TEACHER showed them the teachers RATING FORMS?

    Was the parent CONCERNED about their child before? or after?

    THE TEACHER showed them  the REPORT FROM THE SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST?

    Was the parent CONCERNED about their child before? or after?

    THE TEACHER made the  demand that an evaluation by the family’s pediatrician or some other specialist was required.

    AND PERHAPS A LOOK AT THE TEACHER’S RATING FORMS?

     AND A REPORT FROM THE SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST?

     AND THE DOCTOR MAKES A DIAGNOSIS OF ADHD?

     MEDICATION IS PRESCRIBED, most often Ritalin initially, and the child officially joins the ranks of the attentionally impaired.

    AND, THE SCHOOL CHILD IS BRANDED FOR LIFE, AND THE CHILD AND PARENTS BECOME ONE OF THE  RITALIN STATISTICS.

    In the American Education System that is Riddled with Ritalin

     June 1st, 1993 THE ANALYSIS OF THE LEGAL ISSUES SURROUNDING THE FORCED USE OF RITALIN.

    Antidepressants are psychiatric drugs that form a common thread in school shootings.

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    WHAT DOES THE TEACHER GET OUT OF DRUGGING AMERICAN SCHOOL CHILDREN?

    It is interesting that states with competency or exit requirements have higher levels of Ritalin consumption than states that do not, on average. The difference is not large, amounting on average to only about .3 grams per 100 population, but it is statistically significant. This means that it is at least possible that the pressure to get students to perform to high levels in the public-school classroom is leading teachers to promote the ADHD diagnosis and subsequent treatment with a drug that improves the BOY, child’s behavior.

    Indeed, the data on how Ritalin affects performance are consistent with this view.

    The BOY, child for whom Ritalin (or one of the other drugs) works tends to remain “on task” longer and, therefore, tends to complete more work.

     This includes work on exams and homework assignments, with the result that the BOY, child’s grades may actually show improvement.

     The BOY, child tends to become more cooperative, to follow directions better, and thus to get along better with other children and with THE TEACHER.

     This has the beneficial side effect of improving the classroom environment BY REDUCING DISRUPTIONS and time away from other students,

    and so increases the TEACHER’S EFFECTIVENESS with the class as a whole.

    WHAT RITALIN DOES NOT DO, and this is a finding about which proponents of the ADHD diagnosis tend to be defensive, is to improve long-term achievement-test scores.

     THE DRUG SIMPLY MAKES THE CHILD MORE MANAGEABLE AND BETTER ABLE TO WORK TO THE LEVEL OF THE SYSTEM’S EXPECTATIONS.

     It does not seem to produce long-term changes in cognitive functioning.
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    There is something odd, if not downright ironic, about the picture of millions of American school children filing out of “drug-awareness” classes to line up in the school nurse’s office for their midday dose of amphetamine.

    It is this sort of image that fires the imaginations of Ritalin’s critics–critics like child psychiatrist Carl L. Kline of the University of British Columbia who was reported in the August 4, 1991, New York Times Education Supplement as saying that Ritalin is nothing more than a street drug being administered to cover the fact that we don’t know what’s going on with these children.

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    In  2014,  THE EVIDENCE IS IN..

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    The bottom line

    Ritalin is nothing more than a street drug being administered to CONTROL the historical pattern of “TYPICAL BOY  BEHAVIOR”  first  recorded in English in 1589,

     Boy’s Will Be Boy’s

     THEY ALWAYS HAVE BEEN AND THEY ALWAYS WILL BE

    SO SHALL? WE THE AMERICAN PARENTS, ALLOW THOSE TOO BUSY TEACHERS TO CONTINUE AS THE INITIATING FACTOR IN THE DRUGGING OF, down to and including, EVEN AMERICAN PRE-SCHOOL BOY CHILDREN.

    SIMPLY TO MAINTAIN  CONTROL OF THEIR CLASSROOMS?

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